Mom takes kids shopping for snow boots, finds mice family living in footwear, adopts them

FILE PHOTO: A family went boot shopping recently and discovered a family of mice living in one of the new shoes at their local Kmart.
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FILE PHOTO: A family went boot shopping recently and discovered a family of mice living in one of the new shoes at their local Kmart.

Credit: Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock

Credit: Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock

A trip to Kmart for snow shoes made a family increase by eight new members. Shasta Riederer took her boys to the Bismarck store last week to find new snow boots, but when they found a pair something rolled of the boot. The boys told their mom.

"He goes, 'Mom, look,'" Riederer told WDAY. "I thought it was Vienna sausages rolling around the floor until they started moving, but then we heard them squeaking."

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Apparently a family of mice made the warm boots their home. When it was all said and done, Riederer counted seven newborns and mama, WDAY reported.

The boys asked mom if they could take the little family home, and since the store didn’t have mice in its inventory, they happily obliged.

"I let the kids take them home, let them get a fish tank for them, kids put them in there and they were happy ever since," Riederer told WDAY.

Two of the babies have died, according to a post by Riederer.

Riederer said she will release the remaining members of the mice family to the wild once they're old enough, WDAY reported.

As for the Kmart, store officials said they checked other footwear for signs of animals, and none were found, but they did bring in pest control to spray the store, WDAY reported.